The Nebraska football coaches hit the ground running between Nov. 30 and Dec. 15. With the 2014 recruiting cycle coming down to the homestretch, head coach Bo Pelini and his staff had a lot of work to do.
By the end of the two-week continuous hop from place to place, Nebraska has secured 26 players in its 2014 class as of now.
Pelini felt the surge in recruiting went well, as he told Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal Star:
The reception we got on the recruiting trail was very good. I like the way it went. I thought we got a lot done. We covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. And we're going to have to do the same when the middle of January hits and it (recruiting) opens back up again.
Pelini and his staff can’t make face-to-face contact with recruits until Jan. 15, but the Huskers expect to head back out for a second surge as soon as possible. The Husker staff has always favored the home visits prior to signing day, as it tends to make the biggest impact.
With the new rule preventing coaches from home visits during this dead period, Pelini is focused on winning the bowl game. Beating Georgia in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 could secure plenty of recruits.
After all, as the Lincoln Journal Star’s Christopherson pointed out, a dozen of Nebraska’s 26 recruits committed after the Huskers lost to Georgia in last year’s bowl game.
Needless to say, there is a lot riding on this year’s rematch with the Bulldogs and the success of Pelini and staff come Jan. 15.
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